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The latest edition of Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit has been posted. In this episode we discuss the role of Christians in the public square, specifically as it relates to abortion.
On Sunday I preached on the subject of the gospel's centrality (1 Cor 15:1-4). You can listen to the sermon HERE .
"Take me, for example. I opposed indulgences and all papists, but never by force. I simply taught, preached, wrote God's Word: otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept or drank Wittenberg beer with my Philip of Amsdorf the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor...
There has been much debate concerning the so-called insider movement which advocates removing references in the Bible to Jesus as the Son of God. The debate is important. Obviously, Muslims are offended by any language that would refer to Jesus as anything other than a great prophet. And, since...
The latest issue of Credo is now online. The theme of this issue is the doctrine of justification. Contributors include: Thomas Schreiner Phil Ryken Michael Horton Guy Waters Fred Zaspel
Phillip Cary is professor of philosophy at Eastern University and scholar in residence at Templeton Honors College. One of my favorite books of 2010 is Dr. Cary's Good News for Anxious Christians . One chapter deals with the sufficiency of Scripture and the nature of God's speech. The chapter is...
From an article in Christianity Today by Daniel Darling and Andrew Walker: As evangelicals who came of age during the culture wars, we’re part of a generation ready to move past the pitched left-right debates. The critiques of Christian political activism have held some merit: A hyper-focus on...
Thanks to John MacArthur for this great moment captured in one look: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCzkGQqvjSI] HT: Steve McCoy
I have long registered my dismay over the popularity of the "I died, went to Heaven, and God sent me back" books. First of all there is no biblical category for this. "It is appointed unto man once to die and then face the judgment." Folks, "clinically dead" is the not the same thing as " dead dead...
The latest Mortification of Spin is up and running. What's the purpose of a sermon? Is it to inspire the congregation or just a means of transmitting knowledge? Or is the sermon something greater? Dead bones came to life when Ezekiel preached. Are the sermons you listen to that powerful? Listen to...
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I am thankful to see faculty members of Westminster Seminary posting thoughtful pieces on abortion and the anniversary of Roe V. Wade. Take time to read them and pass them along: Tim Witmer Bill Edgar David Garner Scott Oliphint David Powlison
Nine Marks has been running some helpful articles on the Prosperity Gospel. Many of the practitioners of this false teaching are easy to recognize: Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes, etc. But prosperity teaching also comes in subtler forms from more unlikely people. David...
//player.vimeo.com/video/70454122?title=0&byline=0 Justification and Sanctification: What's the Problem? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo ...
Recently I posted at Ref21 my thoughts on Sara Young's Jesus Calling . Two thoughts have followed: 1. I want to thank my Covenant Presbyterian Church family for their response. It has been so refreshing to be treated with respect in light of my concerns about the book. This was a new experience for...
On Sunday I preached the first of three sermons on the church. It is entitled "What The Church Is For" and is taken from Ephesians 3:20-21. You can listen to it HERE .
Meredith Kline, one of the great Old Testament scholars of the 20th century, wrote a fascinating study examining Exodus 21:22-25: "When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman's...
I have been asked quite a bit recently if there are any devotional books that I recommend. So, if you are interested in what I think is a pretty good list of books, you can check it out HERE .
I have been greatly helped by the work of Michael Kruger . So when he says a particular book is "one of the best apologetics books in years" then you can bet it's on my list. He writes: Every once in a while a book is published that is so helpful, so original, and so needed, that it makes one...
It's still there and it's still not a parody - Pastor Fashion .
It is a vexing question for many: "What about those who have never heard?" How can God hold accountable for believing the gospel those who have never heard the gospel? Certainly God cannot send a man to Hell for not believing when he never even had the opportunity to reject the gospel in the first...
One of my Christmas gifts was the new book "From Heaven He Came and Sought Her." I can tell you that it is living up to the hype. This is an outstanding book. I am happy to say that it is now back in stock at wtsbooks and available for 45% off the listed price. Be kind to yourself and get this one.
One of my favorite lecturers is Carl Trueman . I hate to put that in print because I don't want to him to get the impression that I think too highly of him. Anyway, thanks to Justin Taylor for posting the following excellent lectures. If you think church history, puritan theology, or anything...
The latest Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit is up and running. What do you look for in a good church? Bouncy castles, a good social network, a place to land a good business deal? Those may be fun, but there’s more to it than that. Don't forget about good preaching and a robust confession. Listen...
On Sunday I preached a message from Matthew 25:31-46. It is entitled "Finding Grace On Judgment Day" and you can listen to it HERE .
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I am part of a confessional church and denomination. That means we adhere to a confession of faith. In our case it is the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). In my opinion the WCF is the most comprehensive and useful confession of faith ever composed. To join our church, new members must pledge...
These days there is little else playing in my car than Ref Net , the online radio of Ligonier Ministries. It is an outstanding mix of preaching, music, conference messages, audio books, news, and Scripture reading. Among the preachers and teachers featured are R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Al Mohler...
The latest edition of Mortification of Spin is up and running. What role does preaching play in today's church? The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Master joins Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt to talk about the importance and gravity of preaching. Through the book "Preaching & Preachers" by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-...
On Sunday I preached from Matthew 11:25-30. The sermon is entitled "Accepted by God" and can be listened to HERE .
Mark Dever has had a great impact on my life and ministry. When I was a Southern Baptist pastor who had come to embrace the Doctrines of Grace I felt incredibly isolated until I stumbled across 9 Marks Ministries around 2000 or 2001. I have also had occasion to visit Capitol Hill Baptist Church on...
Shall we make our daughters into soldiers? Brilliant counsel on pastoral leadership. My favorite new app.
The combination of male cowardice and political correctness is a deadly one. Now comes news that President Obama has lifted the restrictions from women serving in combat. Please take time to Read John Piper's clear article on this regrettable decision. Piper writes: A year ago President Obama...
Carl gets the finder's fee for pointing me to the following post. It seems that a certain well known CCM group from the 90's is going to be performing at a conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention. The only problem (although it does not seem to be a problem to some in the SBC) is that...
You read that right. Check it out HERE .
Mark Oppenheimer over at the New York Times has written an interesting little article on the revival of Calvinism in recent years. Having been Southern Baptist until recently, I was particularly interested in the fact that the article focuses much of its attention on Calvinism within the SBC and...
If you are looking for something highly profitable to read for the new year you ought to give serious consideration to Resisting Gossip by Matthew Mitchell . //player.vimeo.com/video/72859113?title=0&byline=0 "Resisting Gossip" [extended] Book Trailer from Third Brother Films on Vimeo ...
Over at The White Horse Inn Michael Horton continues his helpful video series on answering challenges to the faith. Why Is There So Much Evil in the World? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjEAKlVzT3s] How Can Anyone Know About Life After Death? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
Over at Ref21 , I have posted the following list of resources on the doctrine of Hell. Articles: The Importance of Hell by Tim Keller Paul On Hell (pdf) by Douglas Moo Francis Turretin on the doctrine of Hell Hell by Thomas Boston Hell and Annihilationism by Sam Storms Speaking Seriously and...
The latest edition of Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit is now posted. This time Carl and Aimee took the lead in my absence. How can Christians appropriately, firmly but sensitively talk about the Bibles teaching on sexuality. Our sexuality is for the glory of God and not a means to its own end...
Let's face it. Hell is not a subject that most of us love to preach about. But preach we must. Jesus warned of the coming judgment and Hell more than anyone in the New Testament. To not follow his example is to do spiritual violence to those around us. I'm not calling for Hell to be injected into...
"If I profess, with the loudest voice and clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages there the...
If you have been hoping for a new reality show highlighting the life of a rich preacher in Texas then good news is on the way! However, if you are like me and dread the idea of yet another sad side show under evangelicalism's big top then we have Ed Young Jr. to thank, or better, blame. Actually, I...
If you have been hoping for a new reality show highlighting the big life of a rich preacher in Texas then good news is on the way! Ed Young Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX is negotiating terms for a new reality show based on himself. However, if you are like me and dread the idea...
For any of you unaware, the Alliance recently launched another website entitled "A Place For Truth." It's definitely worth reading. If you get a chance, check out David Wells' excellent series of posts on "Why we (still) need reform." And, if you have absolutely nothing better to do, check out my...
Desiring God has published an article by Nick Roen entitled "Is It Sin to Experience Same-Sex Attraction?" Roen believes there is a distinction between experiencing temptation and engaging in sin. I believe this is a helpful and, most importantly, biblical distinction. Our Lord was tempted in every...
So said Woody Allen as he sought to justify his sexual relationship with his step-daughter. In one sense it is easy to dismiss Allen's behavior as isolated albeit disgusting. Recently, however, David Espstein, a political scientist from Columbia University, has been charged with incest for carrying...
Is there a difference between being tempted and lusting? Is it sin to be tempted to commit gluttony? Is it a sin to be tempted to not be generous? Is it a sin to be tempted to disobey your parents? You get the picture.
Now I'm getting pegged as being too unclear on sin for drawing a distinction between same sex attraction and homosexual acts. How about that! I'm too nuanced, too sensitive to the spirit of the age. This is truly a first. Someone is calling me out for being too nice, too vague, too liberal. So, for...
Martin Luther identified a theologian of the cross as one who calls a thing what it is. That sort of clarity seems to be in short supply in the church today. Love for God's truth seems to have been replaced by love for a certain aesthetic of niceness. Indeed, speaking with clarity is downright mean...